26 December 2010

Thoughts About History

From a David McCullough lecture:

Lord Bolingbroke, the eighteenth century political philosopher, said that "history is philosophy teaching by examples." Thucydides is reported to have said much the same thing two thousand years earlier.
I guess if I had to boil it down to a few words, I would say history is a larger way of looking at life.

There is still much work to be done, still much to learn.

The McCullough quote was found in American Thinker: Historical Illiteracy.

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